On-Base Perception

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Travis d'Arnaud not historically bad ... yet

Travis d'Arnaud walks back the dugout after striking

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Although Noah Syndergaard displays great promise, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was the key piece for the Mets in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto after the 2012 season.

Baseball America ranked d'Arnaud the No. 36 prospect in the game before the 2011 season, the No. 17 prospect before the 2012 season and the No. 23 prospect before the 2013 season.

In other words, the experts believed...

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Yankees record in home openers

The teams line up for opening ceremonies during

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The Yankees have called five different stadiums home since 1903.

Here's a look at the franchise has performed historically in the home opener for each stadium. Stadium Years Record Yankee Stadium 2009-14 4-2 Original Yankee Stadium 1923-73, '76-2008 58-26 Shea Stadium 1974-75 1-1 Polo Grounds 1913-22 5-5 Hilltop Park 1903-12 6-3-1   Total   74-37-1 ...

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The Buck Showalter quotes on Derek Jeter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks back to the

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Buck Showalter manages the Baltimore Orioles now, but way back when Derek Jeter first came up to the majors in 1995, Showalter was his Yankees manager.

Here's some of what Showalter told reporters Monday as his Orioles were the visiting team to Yankee Stadium for Jeter's final home opener.

Did he envision a 20-year career for Jeter?

“That’s what I thought. If you go back and check...

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Mets to watch free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 10: Joel Hanrahan #52

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The Mets are expected to be in attendance a few weeks from now when free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan holds a showcase for interested teams. According to a source, Hanrahan has remained on the Mets’ radar since they dispatched scouts in February to one of the reliever’s throwing sessions.General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets would most likely stick with their own internal bullpen...

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Derek Jeter passes Paul Molitor, moves into eighth place on all-time hits list

Derek Jeter, right, talks with Yankees first base

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Derek Jeter's making sure he goes out with a bang.

Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list with a single to rightfield in the fourth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. It was his 3,320th hit of his career. Jeter tied Molitor earlier in the game with another single to right.

Watch Jeter's historic hit below:

Your...

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Hamilton's speed on shelf against Mets

BILLY HAMILTON, CF, REDS In many ways, Hamilton

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The Mets caught a bit of a break on Saturday morning, when the Reds scratched speedster Billy Hamilton, who jammed the middle finger on his left hand Friday night on his attempted steal of second base.Hamilton has stumbled out of the gate, starting the season 0-for-12. But he had been slated to play centerfield and lead off for the Reds, who hoped to put his speed to good use. Instead, he was scratched...

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Matt Harvey and Adam Warren used to be teammates

Adam Warren, left, and Matt Harvey, right, during

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Alabama-born and North Carolina-educated, Adam Warren looks straight ahead and flashes that friendly Southern smile.

Matt Harvey, the Connecticut kid, sits expressionless, his body slightly tilted, as though he’s in a hurry to get somewhere else.

The description of Warren could come from the Yankees clubhouse where the righthander has weathered some bumps to put himself in contention...

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Is this why Lucas Duda won the first base job?

Mets' Ike Davis, left, and Lucas Duda kneel

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When news began trickling out that the Mets were going to give one of their first basemen an extended look at the position, most assumed the winner would be Ike Davis.

Until it was Lucas Duda.

A team insider confirmed to Newsday’s Marc Carig that it would indeed be Duda receiving the long look, saying “we want to see what he can do for an extended period of time.”

There wasn’t...

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Matt Adams gets robbed by fan

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams falls

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Fan interference is as much a human part of the game as missed calls by umpires before the latest replay rules came into effect -- just ask St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams.

With runners on first and second in the bottom of the third inning, the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Heisey popped a ball down the first base line in foul territory. Adams leaned over the tarp and into the stands...

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Lucas Duda to start at first base Friday vs. Reds, source says

Lucas Duda looks on after striking out against

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After using three different first baseman in their first three games of the season, the Mets have committed to giving an extended look to Lucas Duda.

Duda will start at first base against the Reds on Friday, a team insider confirmed, which pushes Ike Davis out of the picture for now. The two competed for the job during spring training, though both suffered injuries that limited their at-bats.

Davis...

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